Program #594

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . On The Road Again . . . . . Bringing It All Back Home
DEER TICK . . . . . Straight Into A Storm . . . . . Born On Flag Day
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . Stop The World And Let Me Off . . . . . Country Club
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Don’t Lose Faith In Me . . . . . Break Up the Concrete
DEREK AND THE DOMINOES . . . . . Anyday . . . . . Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
OTIS RUSH . . . . . So Many Roads, So Many Trains . . . . . The Best of Chess Blues, Vol. 2
CAT POWER . . . . . Woman Left Lonely . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . Ain’t Know Sunshine . . . . . Change Is Gonna Come Sessions

OASIS . . . . . To Be Where There’s Life . . . . . Cloud Nine
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . When We Was Fab . . . . . Cloud Nine
BECK . . . . . Chemtrails . . . . . Modern Guilt
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES . . . . . I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night . . . . . Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Calming The Snake . . . . . The Eternal
THE AMBOY DUKES . . . . . Journey To The Center Of The Mind . . . . . Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
THE CAESARS . . . . . In Orbit . . . . . Teenage Kicks
THE ONLY ONES . . . . . Another Girl, Another Planet . . . . . Teenage Kicks

THE HIGH DIALS . . . . . Master Of The Clouds . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
M. WARD . . . . . Stars Of Leo . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Hey . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . It’s Now Or Never . . . . . The Number One Hits
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Dance With Me . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN &THE E STEET BAND . . . . . Rosalita . . . . . Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2CD)

AIR . . . . . Somewhere Between Waking And Sleeping . . . . . Pocket Symphony
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Julie With . . . . . . . . Before and After Science
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Dory . . . . . Veckatimest
JOSEPH ARTHUR & THE LONELY ASTRONAUTS . . . . . Take Me Home . . . . . Let's Just Be
NICK DRAKE . . . . . Northern Sky . . . . . Bryter Layter
HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . See My Love . . . . . The Silence of Love
TOM RUSH . . . . . Shadow Dream Song . . . . . The Circle Game
EELS . . . . . All The Beautiful Things . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Suzanne . . . . . Live In London

We began this time with a Bob Dylan track that floated out of the mist after my first listen to the Deer Tick tune that followed, which clarified the dissatisfaction expressed through humor in the Dylan song into something more painful and real. John Doe & the Sadies then took it to an extreme, followed by the Pretenders seeking a solution from the opposite direction. The sound started shifting to the blues with Derek & the Dominos attemping to look on the bright side, but that quickly changed with Otis Rush contemplating which path to travel, Cat Power feeling the pain of the one left behind and Bettye LaVette from a brand new release pretty much doing the same.

Kicking off this section was Oasis offering the latest evidence of the Beatles continual influence on their music, and then we had George Harrison wryly looking back at his time inside the hurricane that was the Fab Four. Beck having some fun with late '60s psychedelia was followed by the Electric Prunes big hit from that period. Sonic Youth from their latest conjured up another late '60s hallucination from the Amboy Dukes, which led to another kind of trip from the Caesars before the Only Ones took us to a different world altogether to finish up.

After some nice twangy guitar pop from the High Dials to open this section we moved on to one with more of an acoustic emphasis from M. Ward followed by Elvis Perkins introducing a bit of a Southwest/Mexican rhythm to the mix. Then it was another Elvis P and a tune that was built on "O Solo Mio," best associated once upon a time with Enrico Caruso. From there we had the Old 97's continuing the Latin-influenced sounds, as did Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band from their first-ever show across the pond in the fall of 1975.

A tune from Air with a title that perfectly describes the atmosphere it creates began this final set, and from there it was a Brian Eno track that has a similar effect: the song's lyrics detail a man and woman's languid boat excursion, and the music invites you to drift away with them. Grizzly Bear with another one full of water and boat images led to Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts looking for some assistance and Nick Drake finally breaking through into the light. The early '70s pop feel of that one was echoed in the Headless Heroes track that followed even as the mood turned more regretful; from there it was Tom Rush with an early Jackson Browne tune into a sad but lovely new one from Eels before Leonard Cohen finished it all off with a live version of the tune that first brought him to prominence.

Here's another one from Elvis Perkins


Program #593

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Malibu Gas Station . . . . . The Eternal
MISSION OF BURMA . . . . . Max Ernst’s Dream . . . . . Onoffon
ROBERT POLLARD . . . . . Supernatural Car Lover . . . . . Normal Happiness
LOVE IS CHEMICALS . . . . . Over Land Over Sea . . . . . Song of the Summer Youth Brigade
THE NAZZ . . . . . Open My Eyes . . . . . Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Where Do You Wanna Go . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
PETER BJORN AND JOHN . . . . . Just The Past . . . . . Living Thing
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . Let ’Em In . . . . . At The Speed Of Sound

BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby . . . . . Change Is Gonna Come Sessions
T=BONE WALKER . . . . . Why Not . . . . . T-Bone Blues
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . That’s How Strong My Love Is . . . . . Out of Our Heads
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . My Maudlin Career . . . . . My Maudlin Career
MARILYN MONROE . . . . . I’m Through With Love . . . . . Anthology
THE SUPREMES . . . . . You Can’t Hurry Love . . . . . Motown: The Classic Years
EELS . . . . . Beginner’s Luck . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
NEIL YOUNG . . . . . Be With You . . . . . Are You Passionate?
BOOKER T. . . . . . Space City . . . . . Potato Hole

MIKE NESS . . . . . Rest Of Our Lives . . . . . Cheating at Solitaire
DEER TICK . . . . . Friday XIII . . . . . Born On Flag Day
THE WHITE STRIPES . . . . . It’s True That We Love One Another . . . . . Elephant
PORTER WAGONER & DOLLY PARTON . . . . . Better Move It On Home . . . . .
JOHN DOE . . . . . The Golden State . . . . . A Year in the Wilderness
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Working On A Dream . . . . . Working on a Dream
GLEN CAMPBELL . . . . . Wichita Lineman . . . . . The Legacy (1961-2002)
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . The Nights Are Cold . . . . . Late Night Final
ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN . . . . . Something To Believe . . . . . Sunday at Devil Dirt
ROD STEWART . . . . . Reason To Believe . . . . . Every Picture Tells a Story

GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Ready, Able . . . . . Veckatimest
ST. VINCENT . . . . . The Bed . . . . . Actor
PAUL SIMON . . . . . Another Galaxy . . . . . Surprise
JOHN CALE . . . . . Zen . . . . . Hobo Sapiens
THE BEATLES . . . . . Tomorrow Never Knows . . . . . Revolver (Remastered)
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . I’m Falling . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
THE KINKS . . . . . Wonder Boy . . . . . The Kink Kronikles

This one opened with a Sonic Youth track from their latest that features some of the dynamic kinetic energy they've managed to maintain for decades; it was followed by tunes from Mission of Burma and Robert Pollard with a similar feel, although Pollard's song has a bit more of a melodic touch. That continued with one from Love Is Chemicals, and then it was back to the '60s for the Nazz, Todd Rundgren's first band to gain any attention, mostly through the tune we heard here. Super Furry Animals increased the brightness quotient, and then it was Peter Bjorn and John with a rhythmically appealing track from their latest that immediately conjured up an old Paul McCartney tune from the Wings days.

The remarkable Bettye LaVette has a new six-song EP that is available only as a digital release, and on it she covers on old Jimmy Reed tune, which was followed here by T-Bone Walker doing that easy swinging blues that he did so well. Then it was the Rolling Stones from the early days covering a tune most associated with Otis Redding followed by Camera Obscura with the title track from their excellent recent album of sad songs about a relationship heading off the rails. Marilyn Monroe took that idea to its logical conclusion with a song she performed in Some Like It Hot, and then it was the Supremes not only not giving up but impatient for love. A new one from Eels features a very similar bass line, and from there we had Neil Young paying homage to Booker T. & the MG's and the Stax sound of Memphis followed by Booker T. from his new disc where he's joined by Neil along with the Drive-By Truckers.

Mike Ness from his first disc without Social Distortion got this section off to a rollicking start with a nice bit of rockabilly, and from there we had a quartet of tunes featuring vocals shared by a man and a woman. They began with Deer Tick joined by Liz Isenberg, moved on to one with a lighthearted touch from the White Stripes with Holly Golightly (actually both Jack and Meg White were on vocals, so a bonus girl on that one), got even dumber with Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (sorry, I couldn't resist) and finished with a great rocker from John Doe along with Kathleen Edwards. The loving yet realistic relationship described in that tune could easily be the dream that Bruce Springsteen is working on, and from the first time I heard it something in that one brought up Glen Campbell's late '60s hit. Richard Hawley's tune also works that way as well, and the sadness in that one carried on to the Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan tune that followed before Rod Stewart covering Tim Hardin brought a touch of optimism to the close.

Tracks from the new Grizzly Bear and St. Vincent albums offered a beautifully moody start to this final set, and from there Paul Simon sent us out into the universe and John Cale did the same, although by means of a different path. A song by the Beatles reflecting John Lennon's perusal of the Tibetan Book of the Dead led to Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 in freefall followed by the Kinks celebrating the magic that is life, which seemed like a fine place to bring down the curtain.

Here's another one by Marilyn Monroe


Program #592

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
KENNY RANKIN . . . . . I’ve Just Seen A Face . . . . . Song for You
THE BEATLES . . . . . Real Love . . . . . Anthology 2
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . I Live With You . . . . . Veckatimest
THE SHINS . . . . . The Past And Pending . . . . . Oh, Inverted World
EELS . . . . . That Look You Give That Guy . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
THE WOODEN BIRDS . . . . . Bad . . . . . Magnolia
NEIL YOUNG . . . . . Old Man . . . . . Harvest

NICK LOWE . . . . . Poor Side Of Town . . . . . The Convincer
THE EVERLY BROTHERS . . . . . Cathy’s Clown . . . . . All-Time Original Hits
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Swans . . . . . My Maudlin Career
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . Falling Leaves . . . . . Man-Made
THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL . . . . . Six O’clock . . . . . The Lovin' Spoonful - Greatest Hits
THE MINDERS . . . . . Accidental Joy . . . . . It's a Bright Guilty World
THE FOO FIGHTERS . . . . . Big Me . . . . . Foo Fighters
NEKO CASE . . . . . People Got A Lotta Nerve . . . . . Middle Cyclone
A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . The Heartbreak Rides . . . . . Get Guilty

JARVIS COCKER . . . . . I Never Said I Was Deep . . . . . Further Complications
SNAKEFINGER . . . . . The Model . . . . . Greener Postures/Chewing Hides the Sound
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . All Tomorrow’s Parties . . . . . The Velvet Underground & Nico
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Massage The History . . . . . The Eternal
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Soon . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
WILCO . . . . . Radio Cure . . . . . Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

ART BRUT . . . . . Mysterious Bruises . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
THE SPECIALS . . . . . Friday Night Saturday Morning . . . . . The Singles Collection
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . Night Life . . . . . Country Club
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . Keeping On . . . . . Slowly But Surely
DEER TICK . . . . . Houston, TX . . . . . Born On Flag Day
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Early Morning Rain . . . . . Self Portrait
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . It Hurts To Be Alone . . . . . Causes 2
KING CURTIS . . . . . Soul Serenade . . . . . Soul Shots: 60's Soul Classics

Upon hearing of Kenny Rankin's recent passing, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge his life and career. His music takes me back to the early '70s, when freeform radio was still available on the commercial FM dial and the Kenny Rankins of the world were stretching my listening boundaries. He was especially noted for his interpretations of Beatles music, which did reimagine the tunes he chose in ways that were virtually unprecedented up to that time. We began with one from his last disc and followed it with one of the two tracks created by Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr on top of John Lennon demos from the mid-to-late '70s that, considering the circumstances, ended up sounding remarkably like the Beatles. From there it was Grizzly Bear with a tune featuring a short synthesizer intro that recalls mid-period Beatles, and then it was the Shins shifting the emphasis of the previous tunes from love in bloom to regret and despair. A new one from Eels brought on a touch of wishful envy, followed by the Wooden Birds lamenting what could have been; that one sounds enough like Neil Young's old classic that I couldn't resist hearing them back to back to finish up.

The next section began with Nick Lowe's remake of an old Johnny Rivers tune flowing into one of the Everly Brothers biggest hits, which was conjured up by the Camera Obscura track that followed. Sometimes that happens upon first listen, but in this case it was only after living with the new disc for awhile that the Everly Brothers tune popped into my brain. From there we had Teenage Fanclub with a tune featuring something of a staccato keyboard hook that segued beautifully into an old Lovin' Spooful favorite that is built on a very similar rhythm, except it's on guitar. The Minders followed with a nice of bit of energetic pop that bears a certain resemblance to the Foo Fighters track that followed, which led to a couple of tracks from the New Pornagraphers personnel who earlier this year put out solo discs.

This section only contained six tracks, and the first three grew out of Jarvis Cocker's assessment of himself, which led to Snakefinger covering a Kraftwerk tune followed by the Velvet Underground with Nico intoning Lou Reed's lyrics about the lives and times he observed in the mid-'60s at Andy Warhol's Factory. From there the emphasis shifted to sound, as an extended Sonic Youth track that ebbs and flows gave way to It Hugs Back in more of an ambient mode and Wilco occupying a similar place while in search of a remedy for what ails.

A couple of tunes from Art Brut and the Specials about the effects of hard partying and late nights kicked off this final section, and then it was John Doe & the Sadies covering Willie Nelson looking at it all from the perspective of many years down the road. The trebly twang they gave that one was echoed in the Holly Golightly track that followed as she offered a chance to start over, and then Deer Tick maintained the sound even as they decided that moving on was the better alternative. Bob Dylan covering Gordon Lightfoot injected a mood of lonely isolation, and then it was Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings emphasizing the lonely with an old-school soul ballad that flowed perfectly into an old instrumental hit from King Curtis to close this one out.

Here's another one from King Curtis


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